Hi, Comstock Park!

At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park we are committed to providing the best possible dental care for our patients. We want each one to be well-informed about their dental health and the services we provide.

We view ourselves as your first line of defense against dental issues. When you come in for your checkup, you can count on several things.

  • Teeth cleaning. One of our hygienists will clean your teeth with special tools, and make an initial inspection before the dentist comes in to do a thorough examination. The hygienist can also review your brushing and flossing, and answer any questions you may have.
  • A thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums with the doctor.
  • X-rays.  X-rays are the best way to identify any abnormalities in the teeth, gums and bone.

We may also perform any minor procedures, such as filling a cavity. It may require a follow-up appointment. Like most issues, the sooner a cavity is discovered and filled, the better.

A cleaning and checkup at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park is the best way to stay on top of your dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI trust us with their smiles. Our services include general, implant, and cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign clear braces. Please call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry

Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them, which is why we always remind our patients to floss at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. We’re using this short blog post to review the best reasons to floss.

  • Flossing and gum disease. Since dental floss gets into areas your toothbrush cannot reach, it is an important part of preventing gum disease. Just as filmy plaque forms on the surfaces of teeth, it gets between them, too. It hardens into tarter, and in time can result in gum disease. By removing it daily with dental floss, you go a long way toward heading off gum disease.
  • Flossing and systemic diseases. Your dental health is linked to your overall health, and flossing plays an important role. It has a positive impact on such potentially deadly diseases as diabetes, respiratory diseases, and heart disease.
  • Flossing and bad breath. This may seem like small potatoes compared to the above, but bad breath afflicts a lot of people. Brushing your teeth isn’t enough to eliminate it. Flossing will get the gunk that builds up between your teeth and contributes to bad breath.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we recommend flossing your teeth at least once every day, and brushing at least twice. Flossing before bedtime is best. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice to maintain good dental health with general and restorative dentistry, and to improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

 

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A Noteworthy Dental Experience

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we make each appointment a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience, and for all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for family dentistry, clear braces from Invisalign, and much more. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we urge all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. This very good habit is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

What kind of toothpaste should you use? There is no one-size-fits-all product on the market.  There’s a huge selection of toothpastes in any grocery store. You want to make the best choice for your teeth, but it isn’t always easy to make up your mind.

Different types of toothpastes have specific active ingredients that make them work. Fluoride is by far the most important thing to look for. But there are many other ingredients; what follows is a rundown of the more common ones.

  • Detergents. Sodium lauryl sulfate is nearly ubiquitous, not only in toothpaste, but in other personal care products like shampoo. Sometimes it’s called Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate. It’s the stuff that makes products foamy. Some people are sensitive to it, and some consumer advocacy groups say it can be hazardous. There are toothpastes that don’t have it.
  • Whiteners. The most common toothpaste whitener is hydrogen peroxide, but there are others, like polyphosphates. While they do a modest job whitening teeth, many experts agree that the whitening agents aren’t strong enough, or in contact with the teeth long enough, to do a really good job and can be abrasive. To get really white teeth, try professional whitening from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry.
  • Desensitizers. Some people’s teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods than others. And some are more tactile-sensitive. Used on a regular basis, desensitizing toothpastes can be very effective, but it’s a good idea to get a dentist’s recommendation first.
  • Plaque fighters. A toothpaste ingredient called triclosan is believed to fight plaque and gum inflammation. While it seemed promising at first, more recent studies indicate triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance, disrupt hormones and the immune system and can be abrasive.

Always read the label, and make sure the toothpaste you’re considering has the American Dental Association seal. If you see it, it means the ADA considers it safe and effective. Whatever you choose, brush and floss twice each day!

Feel free to ask us for a recommendation, and what might be best for your particular set of teeth. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we offer complete general and family dentistry. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI also come to us for Invisalign clear braces and dental implants. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Do Kids Get Periodontal Disease?

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Most parents are concerned about cavities, and rightly so. Tooth decay in children is serious and widespread. But as we remind parents at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, kids are at risk for all the same oral ailments as grownups.

That includes gum disease. Let’s discuss it.

Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup. Food particles mixed with saliva generate a sticky film called plaque. Plaque produces bacteria. If not removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply and plaque builds up on the teeth.

The gums respond by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we treat every member of your household with our complete family dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI see us for cosmeticrestorative, implant and Invisalign orthodontics. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Flossing For Health And Happiness

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Most people know that flossing is an important part of oral health. As we like to remind our patients at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General in Comstock Park, the value of this  exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again.

Flossing is your chance to remove the food debris that a toothbrush can’t reach.

WHICH KIND IS BEST?

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

A recent study shows there really isn’t much difference in the effectiveness of the different types of dental floss. Here are some things to consider:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework

One word of caution: we recommend traditional string floss that you can pull out in a long strand, as opposed to a flossing pick. Those little picks are handy, but not as effective as string floss. They’re okay when you’re on the go, but be sure to use regular floss as part of your dental hygiene routine before bedtime. Whatever your preference may be, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

People from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry  for familycosmeticand restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Dental X-rays Help Us Provide Quality Care

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This post from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park takes a look at the various types of dental X-rays.

PANORAMIC

These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit and renewed every five years. They are useful for evaluating cysts/tumors, jaw injuries, calcification in the carotid artery and seeing emerging teeth in children.

BITEWING

Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.

PERIAPICAL

These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more detailed picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

FULL-MOUTH SERIES

This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI come to our office for familycosmeticand restorative dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Bridging The Gap

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Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise attractive teeth? At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we can replace your missing tooth with a dental implant or a dental bridge and help you get back your sensational smile!

A dental implant or dental bridge could be the perfect answer for your missing tooth and help you chew and speak properly.

Implants and traditional bridges are strong enough to replace a missing molar. An implant is integrated with the bone and a natural looking crown is placed on the implant. A bridge is placed by adding a crown on a natural tooth on each side of the missing tooth with an artificial tooth in the middle. Dental implants and bridges are just a few of the options available at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.  People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice for restorative, implant and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Need to Fix a Tooth? Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry Gives You Options

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Most of us will need to restore a tooth at some point in our lives. This post from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park looks at six procedures that are used routinely to repair a tooth.

1. Dental Bonding

Bonding is a versatile procedure used to fix chips or cracks, or to make teeth longer. It can also be used to fill cavities. A composite resin is applied and molded, and hardened with a special curing light.

2. A Porcelain Veneer

These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.

3. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)

Inlays are applied to the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are commonly smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth. If you have old silver amalgam fillings, you can replace them with white fillings.

4. A Dental Crown

A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with extreme decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of a dental implant.

5. Dental Implants

A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth. The actual implant is a post inserted into the jaw, which in turn supports a replacement tooth (crown). When it’s finished, it looks and functions like a natural tooth.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, restorative dentistry has renewed the smiles of countless patients. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for family and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern to us at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. We want all of our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums.

Keeping your teeth healthy requires thorough brushing and flossing, every single day. Regular cleanings and checkups are also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining good dental health.

It’s easy to overlook the fact that a healthy diet is beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and teeth. Foods rich in vitamin C, like fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health. People throughout Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice for family, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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